Books Along the Teche Literary Festival

Books Along the Teche Literary Festival

Saturday, Apr 4, 2020 at 8:00am


Schedule of Events

8:00: Sir Speedy Run

Event begins at Bouligny Plaza and winds through New Iberia Historic District. Event fee includes T-shirt.

Early Registration $25, On-Site Registration, 5K $30, For youth (ages 1-14) and for Fun Run, fee $20.

Location: Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St.

8:30 to 5:30: L'Acadian Art Guild Exhibit

Exhibit featuring original artwork created by our many talented artists will be on display Friday through Sunday during Library hours. A reception to meet the artist will be on Friday from 1:00-2:00. Visit for more information. Sponsored by L'Acadian Art Guild

Location: Iberia Parish Main Library, 445 E. Main St.

9:00-10:00: Children's Authors and Illustrators Workshops

Writing and Illustrating Picture Books
Join award-winning author and illustrator, Denise Gallagher, as she discusses the art of crafting a picture book. She'll provide insight into writing, and preparing a manuscript, as well as creating a book dummy and the submission process. For writers or illustrators at all stages of their literary journey. Denise Gallagher is the author and illustrator of, A Tip Tap Tale, published by UL University Press. She is also the illustrator of the Aesop Award Winning picture book, Peg Bearskin — A Traditional Newfoundland Folktale. She is the Illustrator Coordinator for the Louisiana/Mississippi Region of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and is currently working on a partially illustrated middle grade novel.

Writing Critique Workshop
Writers often write in isolation in their own creative space. In the work toward publishing, however, a writer needs a peer group, a group of like-minded writers to lean on for support and guidance. In this workshop, Margaret Simon will discuss the power of a writing critique group. She will also offer critiques of writing for children. After registering, you may send a work in progress of 500 words or less to share with the group. Email to Margaret Simon with a subject heading Literary Festival Workshop Submission to

Cost: Free (registration required)

Location: Sliman Theater, 129 E. Main St.

9:30 - 3:00: Authors Book Fair

Discover this area's many talented authors as they display their books along New Iberia's award-winning Main Street. Check out the Pocket Park at Church Alley for children's authors and children's activities. For information on participating as an author, contact Books Along the Teche bookstore at 337-367-7621.

Sponsored by Books Along the Teche Bookstore.

Cost: Free

Location: Along Main Street in downtown New Iberia

10:00 - 12:00: College of Liberal Arts University of Louisiana Lafayette Symposium presents Dave Robicheaux and Louisiana's Legal Landscape

Carrol Spell, Jr. is an Acadiana native and local lawyer. It is his familiarity with Acadiana, Burke's books, and his legal experience that Spell will bring to his presentation. Mr. Spell will offer an interesting reflection on Robicheaux from a man who knows Dave's territory and the legal system. He will discuss Dave Robicheaux and the Legal System.


Location: Iberia Parish Main Library, 445 E. Main St.

10:30 - 1:30: Allons Manger Food Truck & Music Event

Sample local Cajun cuisine and listen to live music! Food vendors will offer food for purchase and music will be provided by Queen City Classics.

Cost: Free

Location: Bouligny Plaza, 102 W. Main St.

12:30- 2:30: UL Press Panel Discussion: "Rethinking New Acadia"

Rethinking New Acadia presents cutting edge research into new ways of thinking about the dispersal of Acadians and their arrival in Southwestern Louisiana. This book would be excellent reading for historians, genealogists, or anyone else interested in understanding Le Grand Dérangement more deeply than ever before.

Sponsored by UL Press University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press

Cost: Free-Limited Seating

Location: Iberia Parish Main Library, 445 East Main St.

1:00 - 2:30: Center Stage Readers' Theater "The Best of Enemies"

Iberia Performing Arts League presents onstage dialogue and narration from "The Best of Enemies" by 2020 Great Southern Writer Osha Gray Davidson. The Best of Enemies, Race and Redemption in the New SouthMusical entertainment will be included.

Sponsored by Iberia Performing Arts League

Cost: Free

Location: Essanee Theatre, 126 Iberia St.

2:00 - 5:00: Bourée on the Bayou Tournament

Enjoy a spirited game of bouree in a tournament setting. Beginner and experienced players are welcome. Prizes and gift certificates for winners, no cash awards. Participants must be 21 or older to enter.

Sponsored by Pelicans on the Bayou

Cost: $25

Location: Pelicans on the Bayou, 5 Jefferson St.

3:00 - 5:00: Great Southern Writer Symposium featuring Osha Gray Davidson

Osha Gray Davidson will talk about the difficulties and joys of writing "The Best of Enemies." He'll also discuss the surreal experience of watching a Hollywood film adaption, and he'll say a few words about his latest project, producing a podcast about reparations for slavery.

Sponsored by Iberia Parish Library

Cost: $15

Location: Sliman Theater, 129 E. Main St.Osha Gray Davidson

4:00 - Best of Enemies Movie Screening

Free screening of movie based on the novel by the 2020 Great Southern Writer Osha Davidson. A timely drama that centers on an unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson), an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis (Sam Rockwell), a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

Location: Grand Theater, 1000 Parkview Dr. The Best of Enemies, Race and Redemption in the New South

6:00 - 9:00: Boogie on Down Evening Party

Dance lessons begin at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner and music at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy Cajun fare, by Bon Creole, another of Dave Robicheaux's favorite New Iberia restaurants, and live music by Terry Huval and the Jambalaya Cajun Band.

In the event of inclement weather, the party will be held at Sliman Theater, 129 E. Main St.

Sponsored by the New Iberia Main Street Program

Cost: $50

Location: Bouligny Plaza Steamboat Warehouse Pavilion, 102 West Main St.